when to add grit

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by ben is a terror, Mar 5, 2013.

  1. ben is a terror

    ben is a terror Chillin' With My Peeps

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    just started to feed the babies age range 1 week to 1 month yogurt and dry oatmeal mix. should I add grit? If so how much?
     
  2. lahowardjr

    lahowardjr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    With starter feed, some grit is needed. Just sprinkle some grit on the floor and the chicks will decide for themselves if they need it or not. I would imagine they would need some with feeding oats.
     
  3. Den in Penn

    Den in Penn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Try putting a pan of dirt in the brooder. It will act as a dirt bath and give them some small gravel they can use as grit. I generally add some wood ash and wood shavings to the pan I put in.
     
  4. my sunwolf

    my sunwolf Chillin' With My Peeps

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    With different flocks I do different things. Sometimes I mix grit in with feed at all times for the first week, then give it free choice. Sometimes I don't give grit until I start giving solid treats. Sometimes I just provide a pan of dirt, other times I mix a little grit in with the dirt. Now that you're feeding oatmeal, I'd offer them some sort of grit free choice, whether it is granite, sand, or dirt.
     
  5. BGMatt

    BGMatt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Grit is only needed if/when the birds are eating whole grains. If you're feeding processed pellets or crumble you don't need it. If the birds are ranging they will find their own little pebbles and sand/small rocks to serve as grit typically.

    Is the oatmeal you're feeding cracked, rolled, whole? Unless it's whole oats you most likely won't need grit.

    Full disclosure, even if it's not technically needed I will often provide a bed of sand (or even brood the entire batch of chicks on sand) as a precaution, I have noticed anecdotally that there's less poo butts when I do this, but I very rarely have that issue on a good feed anyway.
     

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